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Posted by on Nov 22, 2008

After months of my friend Sire beating me up about it, I’ve finally decided to sign up with Chitika. Chitika is another PPC (pay-per-click) advertising company along the lines of Adsense and Widget Bucks, but there’s a difference, which I’ll get to in a couple of minutes.

Signing up is fairly easy to do. You put in all of your demographic information, along with a preferred username and password, and make the determination of how you want to get paid. Then you hit the button, and you’ll get an email where you click the link to activate your account.

The next step is to pick the type of ad you want to display, and select the colors. Oddly enough, you’ll have two options, which I thought was odd until I read it a little bit better. I’ll start with option two, which gives you the opportunity to select an alternate link or product to advertise instead of their offering. They do that because of option one, which states that if you select it, the only people who will see the ad are people who come to your site via a search engine. Yup, that means if you’re a regular reader and therefore visit the site any other way, you’ll never see the regular Chitika ads, but anyone who might find you via a search engine will. The idea is that people who come to you via a search engine represents targeted traffic, and their advertisers will pay a higher rate for targeted traffic. At the same time, your normal visitors won’t have to be subjected to the ads. One other odd thing is that, as long as I’m considered as logged into my account, I’ll never see any of those ads either; weird, right?

Of course, that doesn’t mean one can’t represent them with affiliate tags, which I’ve done over there to the left. I didn’t read how much I could get if anyone signs up after clicking on the button; truthfully, I haven’t really paid much attention to any of the affiliate ads as far as how much I could get paid, which I now have to admit is a little strange for someone who’s usually as anal as I can be about these types of things. I guess I figure if any of them make money, I’ve done fairly wel.

So, we’ll see how it goes on the blog. Sire states that Chitika brings in more money on his blog than Adsense; I guess another test will tell the tale, but, since this blog brings in almost no Adsense money, it might not be a fair fight.

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Blogging from scratch:

I wasn’t aware of that Chitika feature until now. I am signed up with Chitika but haven’t really used it. After I got my $100 with Adsense, I’ll install Chitika on my blog

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November 22nd, 2008 | 9:50 PM

I thought it was a very interesting feature of their program, though I have to admit that I wish I could see it. But I’m too lazy to logoff just to do it. LOL

November 22nd, 2008 | 10:26 PM

Mitch, it took you long enough to join Mate and I only hope it works as well for you as it does for me or I will never hear the end of it LOL.

BTW, you can see those premium ads. I’ll tweet you the code.

Sire´s last blog post..Plugins Make WordPress So Versatile

November 23rd, 2008 | 1:39 AM

You’re right, Sire, I’ll hunt you down and give you a wrist burn if it doesn’t work out for me. LOL But I’ll give you a few months; that’s only fair.

November 23rd, 2008 | 11:13 AM

Wrist Burn? Man I haven’t one of those since I was a kid. Reckon it may be worth it just to jog my memory as to what it was like.

Sire´s last blog post..Plugins Make WordPress So Versatile

November 23rd, 2008 | 11:45 PM

I knew you enjoyed pain, Sire lol I’m sure it’ll do just fine.

November 24th, 2008 | 12:23 AM

No, I picked option one. Are you seeing the Chitika ad that looks like Adsense, or just the affiliate ad above?

November 23rd, 2008 | 9:22 PM
Dennis Edell:

The one above and side, not the adsense looking one. 🙂

November 24th, 2008 | 11:42 AM

Okay, that’s just an affiliate ad; it doesn’t count. lol

November 24th, 2008 | 11:50 AM
Success University Review:

Thanks for the review on Chitika, i had never heard of it before. I like the idea of not showing the ads to your regular readers, it’s worth a look.


November 23rd, 2008 | 11:03 PM

Glad you enjoyed the review, Jason. I think it’s an interesting concept myself; we’ll see how effective it turns out to be.

November 24th, 2008 | 12:24 AM

This may well be just the thing that will work for me. You know my blog and how protective I am of my readers. Do you think that I should wait a while and see how it works for you before I take the plunge?

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November 24th, 2008 | 9:41 AM

Chitika is probably the one program that you could probably add now, Rummuser. Since your regular readers won’t see it, they won’t notice a difference, and if someone new finds you through a search engine, they won’t know you didn’t have it before, and if they continue visiting they’ll never see it again either. Sounds pretty good, I say.

November 24th, 2008 | 10:08 AM
Rodney@Blogging with WordPress:

I’ve never tried this one before, but if it works well for you, I’ll probably give it a go myself – so make sure you let us know how it’s going, OK?

November 26th, 2008 | 1:37 AM

I’ll do that, Rodney, though Sire has said that his blog makes more money through Chitika than it does through Adsense.

November 26th, 2008 | 2:08 AM